This is the sequel to The Belles (I recommend reading it before my review as there may be some mild spoilers of that book)
Following the events of The Belles, Camellia, her sister Edel and bodyguard Remy are on the run in the queendom of Orlèans from the dangerous Princess Sophia while searching for Princess Charlotte.
Camellia has learnt the terrible secrets that lurk beneath the beautiful surface and must stay alive long enough to right these wrongs and save not only herself but the whole of Orlèans.
I found The Belles to be full of clever ideas and fun details like the teacup animals and this book builds on the ideas and expands the world building.
Dhionelle is an excellent writer, and carries you along with her words. The plot is a lot more interesting than the first book, I think because there is less world building and scene setting needed.
I enjoyed this, although I had to read it as an e-book after the Royal Mail lost the copy I was kindly being sent by the publisher (which is less than ideal for me for several reasons).
I definitely think you need to read the first book though, this is very much a sequel as opposed to something that could stand alone.